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R.A.M.T.  Attorneys At Law Revell, Arthur, Melissa, Thalia
OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Quality Legal Services </li></ul><ul><li>Max. Productivity & Profits </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Growth ...
Type of Firm <ul><li>Small Firm In LA Metropolitan Area  </li></ul><ul><li>Law Practiced: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tax  <...
Administrative Set Up <ul><li>4 Attorney Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Secretary/Administrative Assistant </li></ul>...
Billing Systems / Fee Structure <ul><li>ABACUS </li></ul><ul><li>II. LEGAL FEES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blended Hourly Fees ...
Marketing / Advertising <ul><li>Free Workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Estate Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medi-Cal <...
Technology <ul><li>Technology Type- Hardware (Mac) </li></ul><ul><li>Tech-Trainings (Outsource-Staff Paid  Trainings) </li...
 
Law Office Systems <ul><li>Systems Storage:  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On Computer  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardcopy (Three...
Law Office Systems  (Continued) <ul><li>Filing System:  Decentralized </li></ul><ul><li>Coding System:  Alphabetical (Easi...
Law Library <ul><li>Traditional Centralized Library </li></ul><ul><li>Update Services </li></ul><ul><li>Library Card Syste...
Employee Relations <ul><li>Work Environment:  “Strong Culture” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone gets along </li></ul></ul><u...
Client Relations <ul><li>Client Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul></ul...
Inactive/Closed Files &  File Destruction <ul><li>Inactive/Closed Files Will Be Stored In: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microfilm...
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Fictional Law Firm

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A presentation 3 other classmates and I prepared for our Paralegal 7 class (Law Office Management).

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Fictional Law Firm

  1. 1. R.A.M.T. Attorneys At Law Revell, Arthur, Melissa, Thalia
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES <ul><li>Quality Legal Services </li></ul><ul><li>Max. Productivity & Profits </li></ul><ul><li>Employee Growth & Satisfaction </li></ul><ul><li>Cut Down On Costs/Expenses </li></ul>
  3. 3. Type of Firm <ul><li>Small Firm In LA Metropolitan Area </li></ul><ul><li>Law Practiced: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tax </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Probate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real Estate </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Family Law </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>(Specialists in our fields) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Positions: </li></ul><ul><li>4 Paralegals; 2 Secretaries; Interns </li></ul><ul><li>IV. Office Arrangement: Suite Concept </li></ul>
  4. 4. Administrative Set Up <ul><li>4 Attorney Partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Legal Secretary/Administrative Assistant </li></ul><ul><li>Attorney: Democratic Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Marketing/Advertising Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Personnel/ Client Relations Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Facilities Manager </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>* If Overflow Of Work : </li></ul></ul>Outsource
  5. 5. Billing Systems / Fee Structure <ul><li>ABACUS </li></ul><ul><li>II. LEGAL FEES </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blended Hourly Fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flat Fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Statutory Fees </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Retainer Fees: Nonrefundable </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Non-Chargeable Retainer </li></ul><ul><li>e) Prepaid Legal Policies </li></ul>
  6. 6. Marketing / Advertising <ul><li>Free Workshops </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Estate Planning </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medi-Cal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medicare </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Income Tax </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Immigration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Website </li></ul><ul><li>Newspaper Ads </li></ul>
  7. 7. Technology <ul><li>Technology Type- Hardware (Mac) </li></ul><ul><li>Tech-Trainings (Outsource-Staff Paid Trainings) </li></ul><ul><li>Security (Mac OS X Firewall-Built In) </li></ul><ul><li>Networking (Centralized) </li></ul><ul><li>IT On-Call Department (Geek Squad) for Software Implementation </li></ul><ul><li>Database (File Maker Pro 11) </li></ul><ul><li>Trial Presentations (TrialSmart) </li></ul>
  8. 9. Law Office Systems <ul><li>Systems Storage: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>On Computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hardcopy (Three-Ring Binder) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Paralegals: Will Implement/Develop Support Systems (Abacus) </li></ul><ul><li>Automated Docketing Program </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Conflict checks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Manages files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Generates reminder dates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Warns of approaching deadlines </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Manual Calendar </li></ul>
  9. 10. Law Office Systems (Continued) <ul><li>Filing System: Decentralized </li></ul><ul><li>Coding System: Alphabetical (Easily maintained) </li></ul><ul><li>Messengers (Runners) – Will utilize occasionally </li></ul>
  10. 11. Law Library <ul><li>Traditional Centralized Library </li></ul><ul><li>Update Services </li></ul><ul><li>Library Card System </li></ul><ul><li>Online (LexisNexis) </li></ul><ul><li>Court Forms: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Online Court Forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Three-Ring Binder (In Case Of System Failure) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Banks: In Three Ring Binder (In Case Of System Failure) </li></ul>
  11. 12. Employee Relations <ul><li>Work Environment: “Strong Culture” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Everyone gets along </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Work together to meet common goals </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Competitive Salaries and Benefits </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Employer sponsored retirement plan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health insurance </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Advantages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased motivation & loyalty </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Increased productivity & firm profits! </li></ul></ul>
  12. 13. Client Relations <ul><li>Client Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Goodwill letter </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Benefits of Client Communication </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Enhanced attorney-client relationship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Happy Clients </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Client referrals </li></ul></ul><ul><li> *Happy Clients = More Profits! </li></ul>
  13. 14. Inactive/Closed Files & File Destruction <ul><li>Inactive/Closed Files Will Be Stored In: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Microfilm </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Storage Boxes </li></ul></ul><ul><li>II. After Retention Period Expires, Files Will Be Shredded. </li></ul>

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